News in brief:
Save £200 on a package holiday by redeeming 10,000 Avios
You have always been able to redeem Avios points via avios.com for package holiday discounts. The rate was only 0.5p per Avios point, however, which was never a great deal.
Until 21st September, you can receive a whopping 2p per Avios point. This is a very generous deal – assuming you meet the terms and conditions – and is far better value than using your Avios for a flight!
You must book by 21st September
There is a minimum spend of £750 per person
You can travel at any point until the end of 2016
Avios can book most of the major tour brands, from Butlins to Kuoni.
3,000 free miles for joining Virgin Flying Club
Whilst I cover Virgin Flying Club on Head for Points, you may not be a member because you never thought it was relevant to you.
This offer may change your mind. Via the Virgin Red iOS app which I discussed a few weeks ago, you will receive 3,000 miles for joining Flying Club.
You don’t need to do anything. The miles will be automatically dropped in your account within 7 days.
3,000 miles won’t get you far, especially with the final Little Red domestic flights taking place in a couple of weeks. However, once you have your account open, you are better placed to pick some miles via the generous credit card sign-up bonus, opening an ISA, buying wine, Heathrow Rewards, Tesco Clubcard conversions or American Express Membership Rewards.
The offer is only available to 2,000 people so I would do it sooner rather than later.
However …. do NOT sign up if you have a Premium Economy or Upper Class Virgin Atlantic flight in the pipeline. You are better off joining via the standard refer-a-friend scheme, as this gets you 5,000 miles if your first return flight is Premium Economy or 10,000 miles if your first return flight is Upper Class. Email me at rob at headforpoints.com if you are not a Flying Club member but have a cash ticket booked and want to be referred.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)